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AM Scanner Traffic -- 4.21.16

Scanner Traffic for Thursday AM (17 items & counting) includes call that a transient hitchhiking along Highway 95 @ Mica Creek Bridge might be fugitive that was the subject of a manhunt earlier this week. He wasn't.

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Poll: Strong gets justice nod

IN the Wednesday poll, Hucks Nation is split almost evenly between Deputy AG Clive Strong and "undecided" re: the four-way race for the Idaho Supreme Court. Today's Poll: Do you support the move to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill in place of Andrew Jackson?

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Singer Prince, 57, RIP 31 

The music world has lost another legend. World renowned pop artist Prince has died at age 57. The singer was found dead at his estate in Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota Thursday, two sources told E! News. Prince's rep later confirmed his death.

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Should news sites charge for comments? 19 

In an article in Bloomberg Technology, Joshua Brustein reports on an idea by founder Michael Robertson that news sites begin charging individuals who want to comment on stories. Robertson argues that the prospect would produce a new revenue stream and upgrade the quality of the comments.

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Alexis Beebe (Photo courtesy of Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

CPD searches for 13YO runaway girl

Coeur d’Alene PD officers are searching for runaway Alexis Renee Beebe. Alexis lives with her father and was last seen leaving for school on the morning of April 11, 2016. She is believed to be staying with family members in the Spokane area. Alexis is a 13 year old white female. She is 5’01” tall, weighs 90 lbs, and has brown hair and blue eyes.

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Idaho immunization rates improve

Idaho’s child immunization rates improved in 2015, reaching a five-year high. And Department of Health and Welfare officials don’t know what to make of the numbers yet. In 2015, 86.7 percent of Idaho students were considered “adequately immunized,” according to H&W spreadsheets obtained by Idaho Education News.

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This image provided by the Library of Congress shows Harriet Tubman, between 1860 and 1875. A Treasury official said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years. (H.B. Lindsley/Library of Congress via AP)

Trump: Tubman on $20 'political correctness' 42 

Donald Trump thinks anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman is "fantastic" -- but he says the move to have her replace 7th president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill is "pure political correctness." "Well, Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it's very rough when you take somebody off the bill," Trump said during a town hall on the "Today" show.

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NIPAC surprise: Nonini & Souza 

In a bit of a surprise, the North Idaho PAC endorsed the unopposed GOPrimary candidacies of Sens. Bob Nonini and Mary Souza: "The NIPAC board members wanted to commend these two senators for casting a number of responsible and well-considered votes during the 2016 legislative session."

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Supreme Court wannabes square off 17 

The four candidates in a rare contested race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court faced off in a two-hour forum this week sponsored by the state bar, and got a chance to highlight their differences and what each would bring to Idaho’s highest court.

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Trib: AG investigates Far Right PAC 

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on the investigation of a Far Right PAC by AG Lawrence Wasden. The Integrity in Government PAC helped fund Far Right candidates, including Russ Fulcher, who ran unsuccessfully for governor against Butch Otter.

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NIPAC: Wolfinger makes 'difference'

North Idaho PAC endorsement for Sheriff Ben Wolfinger: "Sheriff Ben Wolfinger has been a member of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department for more than 30 years. He has shown that small changes and actively engaging the citizens can make a big impact on the department and the community."

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NIPAC: Why we endorsed Rep Malek

The mainstream North Idaho PAC endorsed five candidates running for office in North Idaho, including Rep. Luke Malek, R-CdA: "Representative Luke Malek is a solid conservative and a problem solver. As a member of JFAC, he teamed up with Senator Keough on the legislation to bring the four-year computer science program to U of I – Cd’A."

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.20.16 24 

A reader asked me the following question via email today: "Would you please tell me who to vote for in the election. I'm familiar with our Sheriff and plan on voting for him but we have no idea who to vote for in the other elections." I will answer that question privately. I've debated whether I should get into the endorsement game on this blog.

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Parting Shot -- 4.20.16

A woman smokes marijuana during the annual 4/20 marijuana gathering at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver, Wednesday, April 20. Public consumption remains illegal under the state's recreational pot law, which was passed in 2012. Fans of the drug have long marked April 20 as a day to enjoy pot — especially at 4:20 p.m.

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Friends Courtney Huffaker and Jesyca Baber were hospitalized with broken bones after they and another friend fell 25 feet from a downtown Coeur d’Alene rooftop Saturday night. The three had been sitting on a decorative cap above the “Antiques” sign when it gave way. (Scott Maben / The Spokesman-Review)

Women describe downtown fall 

Courtney Huffaker remembers hitting the pavement. Jesyca Baber doesn’t. Both women were hospitalized with broken bones after falling about 25 feet from a downtown Coeur d’Alene rooftop Saturday night. Huffaker, 22, was released Wednesday from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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Mainstream GOP group endorses 

North Idaho Political Action Committee, a mainstream Republican PAC, has endorsed five candidates in a statement released today: Sen. Shawn Keough, Peter Riggs, Rep. Luke Malek, Paul Amador and incumbent Sheriff Ben Wolfinger. You can see the reasons for the endorsements below.

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Dean Grafos delivers the 2015 State of the City address, May 6, 2015, at the Spokane Valley Mall. Grafos was the city’s mayor at the time. (Dan Pelle /SR photo)

Spokane Valley councilman quits, cites Far Right ideology 

The Kootenai County "Republican" Central Committee isn't the only elected body in the INW infected with Far Right ideology. Seems the Spokane Valley City Council has a good dose, too. Spokane Valley has them, too, according to Councilman Dean Grafos, who is resigning because he's tired of dealing with people blinded by ideology.

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Blogos: And then there was one ...

The daily roundup of posts from the HucksOnline blogosphere: Redirected role/Randy Stapilus, Seneacquoteen Cemetery/Simple Mind, Sun makes spring sports scene fun/Grip, Country spring scenes R us/Slight Detour, Demise of papers produced by li'l kids/Slice, Spring derby to start on Pend Oreille/Outdoors + more ...

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Ignore AG opinion, pay $280K more 

Idaho’s top state elected officials agreed Wednesday to pay $280,000 in attorney fees and costs to a group of unions who successfully challenged an anti-union bill passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2011. ... When lawmakers were considering the measure in 2011, the Idaho Attorney General’s office warned that it likely would be overturned in court.

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Has this happened to you? 

An unnamed friend of mine asked her sister if she had seen her phone? She was talking on it! Multi-tasking to the max ... too much stress ... space cadet? -- Darrell Kerby, via Facebook. (Question: Has something like this ever happened to you?)

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.

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